Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Senate committee approves bill that could overturn Missouri Medicaid expansion

(Missouri Independent) – A constitutional amendment asking Missourians to let lawmakers decide year-to-year whether the state willĀ offer Medicaid to working-age adultsĀ moved closer to passage on Wednesday. By an 8-5 vote, the Senate Appropriations Committee sent theĀ House-passed proposalĀ to the full Senate for debate. Only Sen. Lincoln Hough, R-Springfield, voted with Democrats to oppose the measure, which […]

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Legislators weigh blocking COVID visitor restrictions at Missouri hospitals, nursing homes

(Missouri Independent) –Ā State Rep. Ed Lewis had just hours to say goodbye. In March 2020, his 89-year-old mother had to go to the hospital after suffering from a fall. Lewisā€™ sister was their motherā€™s primary caregiver, but in the pandemicā€™s first days as hospitals restricted visitors, family members werenā€™t allowed to stay with her. Lewis […]

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Missouri House signs off on $46.2 billion budget, leaves most of huge state surplus untouched

(Missouri Independent) – The Missouri House gave first-round approval Tuesday to a package of budget bills spending $46.2 billion, with Republicans defeating repeated Democratic efforts toĀ tap the stateā€™s record surplus. The budget includes boosts to higher education funding, both for institutions and scholarships, as well as funding one of last yearā€™s most controversial issues, Medicaid […]

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Control of Title X federal family planning funds remains with Missouri nonprofit

(Missouri Independent) – Despite facing competition from the state health department, the nonprofit Missouri Family Health Council Inc. will continue to administer federal Title X family planning funds. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded more thanĀ $250 million in Title X funding this week, including $5.3 million to Missouri. That money helps pay […]

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Preferred Family Healthcare to pay more than $8 million in fines related to embezzlement, bribery investigation

Springfield, Missouri-based nonprofit Preferred Family Healthcare will pay more than $8 million in forfeiture and restitution to the federal government and the state of Arkansas under the terms of a non-prosecution agreement announced, which acknowledges the criminal conduct of its former officers and employees. ā€œPreferred Family Healthcare must relinquish the illegal profits it garnered from […]

Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Republicans push work requirements for coverage under Missouri Medicaid expansion

(Missouri Independent) – When the Good Samaritan Care Clinic opened in 2006 in Mountain View, only about 5% of the free clinicā€™s clients were eligible for Medicaid. WhenĀ it closed late last year, that number had risen to 70%, Dr. John Roberts, one of the clinicā€™s founders, told the Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday.Ā  Medicaid […]

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Medicaid enrollment backlog persists as advocates say Missouri could be doing more

(Missouri Independent) – Applying for health insurance through Medicaid expansion took Raven Cole just 10 minutes. But the wait to see if sheā€™s approved has dragged on for months. The 23-year-old legal assistant applied for coverage, ā€œwell over two to three months ago.ā€ ā€œAnd I havenā€™t heard anything back,ā€ Cole said. Cole is one of […]

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Missouri policy allows pharmacists to provide easier access to free or low-cost COVID-19 testing

AĀ standing order was issued Tuesday by Missouriā€™s State Epidemiologist, Dr. George Turabelidze, which entitles individuals to receive coverage for purchased tests for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This policy authorizes Missouri pharmacies to charge an individualā€™s insurance carrier, whether it is private insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare coverage, for COVID-19 testing. ā€œThose without a healthcare […]

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Planned Parenthood sues Missouri social services agency over restricted Medicaid funds

(Missouri Independent) – Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit Thursday against Missouriā€™s Department of Social Services, alleging the agency unlawfully plans to restrict Medicaid payments to the provider. A March 4 notice sent to Planned Parenthood of St. Louis Region citesĀ a supplemental budget bill lawmakers passed last monthĀ that bars abortion providers or their affiliates from being […]

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Family and Friends of the Developmentally Disabled to meet on March 14

The Families and Friends of the Developmentally Disabled will hold an election of officers next week. A meeting will be at the east entrance of the Grundy County Courthouse in Trenton on March 14th at 6:30 in the evening. Other new business on the agenda includes Indian Creek Therapeutic Equine, OATS transportation, Developmental Disability Awareness […]

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Groups push back against attempt to repeal Medicaid expansion

Groups advocating for health-care access for all Missourians urged the state Senate to reject a proposed constitutional amendment to undermine Medicaid expansion passed by the House. House Joint Resolution 117Ā would empower the Legislature to block services to the hundreds of thousands of newly eligible residents who are signing up, by repealing expansion and making it […]

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Hereā€™s what you will hear Biden talk about in his debut State of the Union address

(Missouri Independent) – President Joe Bidenā€™s first State of the Union address is set to focus significantly on the economy, with the former member of the U.S. Senate calling on Congress to pass much of the agenda stalled in the so-called Build Back Better bill. During the Tuesday night speech, which begins at 9 p.m. […]

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Missouri budget bill blocks Medicaid patients from accessing Planned Parenthood

Missouri’sĀ supplemental budget billĀ signed into law Thursday includes a provision to block patients who rely on Medicaid from accessing Planned Parenthood health centers. Federal Medicaid law protects patients’ rights to choose their providers, including Planned Parenthood. Michelle Trupiano, executive director of the Missouri Family Health Council, noted because of the Hyde Amendment, Medicaid cannot cover abortions, […]